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Our People U.S. Leadership

Opportunity International's leaders use their extensive professional experience to ensure Opportunity achieves its mission of empowering people living in poverty to transform their lives, their children's futures and their communities.

U.S. Leadership

Opportunity International's leaders use their extensive professional experience to ensure Opportunity achieves its mission of empowering people living in poverty to transform their lives, their children's futures and their communities.

Vicki Escarra

Since joining Opportunity International in 2012, she has led several major initiatives to create a long-term strategic plan, rebrand the organization, streamline operations and increase global fundraising by 45 percent to expand the organization’s work around the world. One…

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Ron Gray

Ron Gray has more than 35 years of legal experience in government and the private sector with expertise in consumer credit, retail banking, sub-prime personal lending transactions, mergers and acquisitions among many other corporate transactions. He also has extensive international…

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Audrey Williams-Lee

As Global Chief Human Resources Officer of Opportunity International, Audrey Williams-Lee is responsible for resource and succession planning, staffing, talent management, compensation and benefits, employee relations and training, and leadership development. As important, she…

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Dennis Wallestad

As Global Chief Operating Officer of Opportunity International, Dennis Wallestad is responsible for achieving the organization's strategic, operational and financial objectives.

In this role, he manages Banking Operations, Community Economic Development, Finance, Innovations,…

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Christina Koliopoulos

As Vice President of Global Communications, Christina manages Opportunity International’s global communications strategy and reputation and creates programs to position, promote and strengthen the organization's brand worldwide through media relations, employee communications,…

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Vicki Escarra
Global Chief Executive Officer
Ron Gray
General Counsel
Audrey Williams-Lee
Chief Human Resources Officer
Dennis Wallestad
Global Chief Operating Officer
Christina Koliopoulos
Vice President of Global Communications

Board of Directors

  • Alana Aldag Ackerson
    Managing Partner and President of Signum Investments
  • Katéy Assem
    Executive Director, Chicago State University Foundation
  • Karen Robinson Cope
    Executive Vice President, Nanolumens
  • James W. Cox
    Former Executive Vice President, Fiserv, Inc.
  • Vicki Escarra
    Global Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity International
  • John Hart
  • Mark Linsz
    Former Treasurer, Bank of America Foundation, Inc.
  • Barbara Lupient
    Chairman, Lupient Companies
  • Muffy MacMillan
  • Rich McClure
    Former President, UniGroup, Inc. (United Van Lines / Mayflower Transit)
  • Jane Nelson
    Former Vice President, Bank of America
  • Elizabeth Perdue
    Partner, Holland & Knight
  • LeAnn Pedersen Pope, Vice Chair
    Former Partner, Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.
  • Herve Sarteau
    Former Senior Partner, CarVal Investors / Cargill, Inc.
  • Beth Johnston Stephenson
    Founding Partner, Willis Stein & Partners
  • David Tolmie, Chair
    Partner, The Edgewater Funds

Board of Advisors

  • Jim Baumgartner
    Director of Corporate Affairs, Caterpillar Foundation
  • Dr. Tony Campolo
    Professor Emeritus, Eastern University
  • Doris Christopher
    Founder & Chairman Emeritus, The Pampered Chef
  • Luella Chavez D'Angelo
    President, Western Union Foundation
  • Ambassador Tony P. Hall
    Executive Director, Alliance to End Hunger
    U.S. Ambassador and Former U.S. Congressman (Retired)
  • Kadita "A.T." Tshibaka
  • Lieutenant General Claudia J. Kennedy
    U.S. Army (retired)
  • Dr. Martin Marty
    Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago
  • The Honorable Fidel Ramos
    Former President, Republic of the Philippines

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